For the New Intellectual; the Philosophy of Ayn Rand Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rand state that capitalism is incompatible with?

2. The chief intellectual, according to Rand, is which type of person?

3. In which period did capitalism arise?

4. What kind of revolution is needed, according to Rand?

5. Rand states that collectivism is dead in which country?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Howard Roark?

2. What kind of symbolism exists in Chapter 2?

3. Describe Kira's relationships in Chapter 2.

4. How does Howard view altruism?

5. Why does Francisco say that money is society's virtue?

6. Describe the two choices Rand presents for a dying society.

7. Describe Ellsworth's role in the story.

8. What role do the archetypes Attila and Witch Doctor play?

9. What does Atlas Shrugged defend?

10. What role does Rand describe industrialists as having?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What evidence of Rand's personal views can the reader see in the text? Does this make the book part non-fiction? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Is Rand's book, For the New Intellectual, propaganda? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Rand defends the concept of self-interest, especially in Atlas Shrugged. How does Rand defend self-interest? What kind of self-interest does she defend, if so? Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

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